Coalition urges Americans to keep traveling

As concerns about the Covid-19 coronovirus spread around the
globe, a coalition of 150 travel organizations on Tuesday urged Americans to
stay calm and make fact-based decisions about travel.

The coalition includes the U.S. Travel Association, CLIA, Airlines
for America, ASTA, American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Tour
Operators Association and a host of destination marketing organizations.

“Health and government officials have continually assured
the public that healthy Americans can confidently travel in this country,” the
groups wrote. “While it’s critically important to remain vigilant and take
useful precautions in times like these, it’s equally important to make calm,
rational, and fact-based decisions.

“The latest expert guidance indicates that for the
overwhelming majority, it’s OK to live, work, play and travel in the U.S. By
seeking and heeding the latest expert guidance — which includes vigorous use
of good health practices, similar to the preventive steps recommended for the
seasonal flu — America’s communities will stay strong and continue to thrive.”

The groups warned that canceling travel and events “has a
trickle-down effect that threatens to harm the U.S. economy, from locally owned
hotels, restaurants, travel advisors and tour operators to the service and
frontline employees who make up the backbone of the travel industry and the
American economy.”

They also vowed to remain in close contact with Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and
Health and Human Services, and to take enhanced steps “to ensure both the
safety of travelers, guests and our own employees.”

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